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KEEPS LIBERAL VICTORY STRING INTACT – Yukon MP-designate Brendan Hanley, seen election night, will succeed fellow Liberal Larry Bagnell as the territory’s representative in Ottawa.

Yukoners to send another Liberal to Ottawa

Yukon MP designate Brendan Hanley never looked back Monday night as he comfortably secured the Liberal seat for Yukon in the House of Commons.

By Chuck Tobin on September 21, 2021

Revised - Yukon MP-designate Brendan Hanley never looked back Monday night as he comfortably secured the Liberal seat for Yukon in the House of Commons.

From the very first poll results, Hanley led the four other candidates in votes.

By the end of the night, he’d amassed 5,779 votes, comfortably ahead of second-placer Barbara Dunlop, the Conservative candidate who finished the night with 4,250 votes.

As of this morning, after Tuesday’s counting of more than 2,000 additional mail-in ballots, Hanley had 6,427 votes, and Dunlop 5,073.

This morning, NDP candidate Lisa Vollans-Leduc had 4,311 votes, while independent Jonas Smith had 2,627 votes.

Green Party candidate Lenore Morris had drawn 912 votes as of this morning. An estimated 200 Yukon ballots remain to be counted in Ottawa.

Hanley’s victory was a far cry from the 2019 results when retiring Liberal MP Larry Bagnell defeated then-Conservative candidate Smith by just 153 votes.

But late into the evening, Yukon Liberal Party vice-president Mike Pemberton announced at 10:06 to the Liberal gathering at the MacBride Museum that the local Conservative Party had conceded Hanley’s victory.

Applause and cheers erupted from the 50 or so Liberal supporters, who included several Yukon Liberal MLAs.

“My surprise continues, but it looks like we have done it,” Hanley told the crowd to kick off his acceptance speech.

“This is a win for the Liberal Party of Canada, it’s a win for our children. It’s a win for housing affordability. The federal Liberal plan is the best for Canadians.”

Hanley said the campaign made him appreciate just how much there was to an election, and to an election campaign.

He thanked his Liberal team, particularly Moira Lassen, his campaign manager, and what he described as her tireless effort over the last 36 days.

“I don’t think I have ever been managed so closely,” he said, sparking a round of laughter from the party faithful.

He thanked the Liberals for their mentorship and support throughout the campaign, and noted the efforts of both Clarence Timmons, the Yukon Liberal Party president, and Pemberton, who served as the MC for the evening.

Hanley paid tribute to his fellow candidates, and thanked them for the “valuable information” they passed on.

It will stay with him, he said.

“I am pleased our discussions (debates) were always fruitful and respectful, as is the Yukon way.”

Hanley thanked his volunteers who he said showed him what Yukoners were made of.

“Every one of you played a critical part in getting us to this point,” he said.

Volunteers for all parties – the door knockers, the sign builders, election poll scrutineers, staff who manned the phones – contribute so much and are essential to the campaigns of all candidates, he said.

Hanley said now it’s time for him to continue the Liberal push to address the issues facing the country, such as the housing crisis, climate change and child care.

In separate interviews throughout the night before the final results were in, both Lassen and Pemberton described Hanley as a kind and dedicated man.

Hanley is a humble, honourable and committed, said Lassen, noting she hadn’t met him until she began managing his campaign.

“He is the real deal,” she said. “He listens to people, and I think that is the biggest thing.

“He is a problem solver and he listens to people. I think that bodes well for a member of Parliament.”

Lassen said there were 60 volunteers working for the Liberals on election day, some 40 of whom volunteered throughout the campaign.

Bill Barrick, an 82-year-old Whitehorse resident, had knocked on some doors for Hanley, and was among the party supporters at the museum watching the results come in.

This is not the time to be switching governing parties, he said.

Barrick said the Liberals have made measurable strides in the variety of issues facing Canadians, including the all-important issue of health care,

He said he does not see the Conservatives stepping up with viable programming.

Everything they touch, whether it be in Canada or the U.S., seems to go awry, he said.

“I think for everybody’s health, I think it is important to have the Liberals in rather than the Conservatives.”

The Conservatives put the emphasis on economy and not the people, he said.

Barrick noted he plays in the All-City Band with Hanley, and he applauded the MP-designate’s ability to move so smoothly between business and the arts.

“I think it is important in the Yukon to have a direct link to knowledge and interest in the arts,” he said.

Bagnell was on hand all night, arriving to watch the national results as they began coming in, with the Liberals never surrendering the lead that was established beginning with the first results from the east coast.

The Liberal government has made many positive advances on key issues such as housing, the economy, climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases, he said, suggesting Canadians have noticed and wanted to stay the course.

Bagnell said Canadians have seen the Liberals manage the pandemic, and they’ve seen the support for families and child care.

“I think any government who did not deal with them would not have the support of Canadians,” he said.

In an interview with reporters following his victory address, Hanley said he’ll be getting to work as soon as possible but will first have to meet with Premier Sandy Silver to tender his resignation as the chief medical officer of health.

“I am feeling pretty excited right now, really just energized and very pleased,” he told reporters.

Hanley arrived well after 10 p.m., once they had determined he would not surrender the lead, and once the Conservatives had conceded defeat.

He said he’d spent the evening watching the national results come in on TV, and playing with his dog.

But now, said Hanley, it’s time to settle in to his role representing Yukoners.

The issues are many, whether it’s the pandemic, climate change, acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine or the opioids crisis.

Not everybody agrees with the investment and steps required to battle the pandemic, he said.

Hanley said he wants to promote unity, as there is still division alive in the Yukon and across Canada.

The MP-designate said he was feeling positive, and was happy with the Liberal platform.

With his life experiences, including his profession as a health care provider, he said he feels he can contribute meaningful input into the national conversation about how best to move forward improving the lives of Canadians.

“My job now is for all Yukoners,” said Hanley. “I think we can accomplish a lot in the many years we have ahead of us.”

Comments (22)

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Dougie on Sep 25, 2021 at 5:44 am

Hey Juniper, guess who is running for council in the Civic election?

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Groucho d'North on Sep 23, 2021 at 5:03 pm

The electorate - or more properly, a lesser percentage of them - made their decisions and this is the outcome. I support the demoncratic system and it's now time to accept that outcome and I am extremely grateful that nobody won a majority. Our political system is drifting further away from the public it is supposed to be serving.
Right off the bat Trudeau in his victory speech said he got a clear mandate from Canadians. What delusions is this idiot suffering from? He was not even humbled by the message Canadians did deliver to him. Take Canada back? Sure but let's take it back from the politcians who believe they have the authority to impose their desperate ideas on us.

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Grifterschoice on Sep 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm

Dr. Hanley's goal to unite Yukoner's seems to suggest certain messianic pretensions for this humble candidate.

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What the... on Sep 23, 2021 at 3:44 pm

@bonanzajoe
Millionaire Communists? hahaha
Take your pills Grandpa! See ya in 4 years!

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 23, 2021 at 3:36 pm

North of 60: Exactly. You nailed it.

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Josey Wales on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:24 pm

Should really read...
Yukoners chose a captain to speed through confirmed Atlantic ice floes, on step in an imported bamboo hulled junk...by sending (sigh) another liberal to Beijing...I mean Ottawa.
Of course we all know how the story ends, but history willfully ignored is destined to be repeated.

Here we are under SS rule and segregation amongst our once free citizens.
Needing protection papers to be approved before you can leave the ghettos, travel to say...Poland or Hungary.
Awesome eh...true north strong and free?

Oh year re: the bar? It was not lowered, it went subterranean when they buried it.
Guess that’s why our flag has been so flaccid since July 23...Canada has fallen.
What I see certainly suggests that in the strongest of ways

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Josey Wales on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Hey North_of_60...
I absolutely drone on needlessly to make what I deem my points.
Your participation below is absolutely brilliant, right to the marrow.
Well done, maybe I will live vicariously via you now and give the readers and haters a break from my bloviating and bastardized grammar?

Please, carry on...we reside in a target rich environment under SS rule and PM Blackface.

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Observer on Sep 22, 2021 at 7:47 pm

The con bunch never disappoints, they will go on about communists (even though I am sure they have never actually ever met one), they go on about "woke culture" and "paying your way" even though they have lived a life of "white privilege".
The last three federal elections have not gone their way, but they roll out the same tired reasons people shouldn't vote the other parties, yet 60 to 65 percent of the population does.
Now they are saying if you don't do a good job, "we will get you next time", even though they don't have any control over when the next election will happen???

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North_of_60 on Sep 22, 2021 at 5:07 pm

The problem isn't that Trudeau is an incompetent, entitled, lying, virtue-signaling, backstabbing, fake, idiot, who has no qualifications for leading a country.
The problem is his supporters don't care.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 22, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Jack M: Yes I do know something about communism. When I was 19 years old, I was in W. Germany serving alongside other western NATO troops to keep communism out of the western world. Looks like we failed. So, to you I say, enjoy communism. It's not coming, it's here. But the worst is yet to come. I wish I would be able to read your comments 10 - 20 years from now. But, I don't expect to be around for the horror. And if you think I am being presumptuous about the next several generations paying off this massive debt JT racked up for you, you will find out soon, money doesn't grow on trees. It comes off your hard work and salary. And millionaire JT and those other liberal communists don't care if you ever have anything saved up for vacations - because they don't.

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None of the above on Sep 22, 2021 at 11:32 am

The biggest number in this election was the near 11,000 (36%) of eligible voters who called 'None of the Above' and chose not to vote at all.

Compared to the 6,537 for Hanley. Hopefully he goes to Ottawa recognizing only just over 20% of Yukoners actually voted for him and his party and he best do better than just be another photo op guy if he wants this to be more than a short-term junket.

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Chuck Farley on Sep 22, 2021 at 10:01 am

bonanzajoe those on the right should be concerned about Gen Z as they will hold plenty of votes in the upcoming elections and not to mention that with 6 federal parties now in the running (not to mention the fringe looneys) the days of a government having a majority are over - get used to it.

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Obi on Sep 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Every country gets the government they deserve.
I’m embarrassed to be a Canadian, after witnessing the waste of $610,000,000.00 on this election. Just think of the good that money could have done for the homeless, the pandemic, the underpaid nurses of this country to name a few things.
Justin Trudumb,
The more things change the more they stay the same. Same feces, different piles!

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drum on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

He will be nothing but a back bencher picking up his paycheque every two weeks and having no affect for the Yukon just like Larry for the last 17 years - what did he ever do for us?

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:05 pm

So disappointing. Do people not know that Trudeau has faced and found guilty of 5 ethics charges? Taking bribes? Do they not know about the scandals? The debt Trudeau has promised to incur? That voters are complicit in the party they vote for. I voted for Trudeau once. After his track record, I did not want to be part of that kind of rogue/dictatorship leadership. I refused to be complicit by supporting his decisions. And, I hate, really hate, paying 48 billion dollars a year in interest to borrow money to send out of the country. Supporting China? OMG. How many space stations does China have? How many troops are they feeding? And Trudeau is bankrupting Canada to pay China's bills? And now, we have Hanley. I really hope that some power greater than me has a plan here.

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SillyWabbit on Sep 21, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Jay Jonah Jameson was a wonderful fourth!

Brilliant campaign for someone who places his needs above others AND the party he tried to represent.
Well done…. participation ribbon in the mail.

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Matthew on Sep 21, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Not good news folks! Liberals have ZERO fiscal responsibility, you can't keep printing money and keeping everyone off work. Welcome to a segregated society of not only the rich and poor but now the vaxxed and unvaxxed!

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Jack M. on Sep 21, 2021 at 4:27 pm

@bananasjoe. If nothing, your comments are consistent and entertaining! Damn Socialists-Liberals . . . I know about communism . . . etc. While I don't think that your comments persuade anyone or enhance the credibility of the right-wing crowd, keep them coming!

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 4:02 pm

Trudeau doubled the National debt to 1.2 trillion dollars in his 6 years in office and racked up a 350 billion dollar deficit also in that time. He will add at least another trillion dollar to the debt and double his 350 billion deficit in the next 4 years. So, what can I say? Millennials and Generation Zs, good luck to you, your children, grandchildren and several generations after that with paying it back. You will find your paychecks getting smaller and smaller and smaller soon. You will find everything else getting more expensive to where you won't be able to afford an annual vacation. Oh, and just wait till your hero Justin Trudeau takes full control of your bank accounts and savings. Don't believe me? Trust me, it's coming. You won't hear it from them or the Doc.

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Captain Obvious on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:55 pm

A lament based on a statistical comparison of actual election results vs. the score of this site’s political commentary has revealed a misleading doubling of YP/Con support:

Currie’s Clickers’ Lament

Currie’s Clickers, political boot lickers
Staffers paid as commentary tricksters
Thumbs down to Liberals at every chance
Up with the Cons and double their rants
Appears so convincing but oh my gosh
True numbers do come out in the wash
A charade for who and for what to gain?
Double expectations, double your pain!

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Pierre on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Glad to see him off to Ottawa under the pretence that he stays there and denies he has any ties to The Yukon. To be part of the big red lie, hypocrisy and scandal one would be ashamed. 600 million deep and people in the country lack fresh water…farce of biblical proportions.

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TMYK on Sep 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm

I wonder who Hanley's Liberal replacement for CMO will be? He set the bar pretty low.

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